Over the last few years I have read a lot of varied books. I thought that it might be interesting to some people to get an idea of some of the books that I have read in order to help me be a better player, composer and lecturer.

Example 15 J Legrant
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Example 15 J Legrant

Here is Example 15, J Legrant, Rondeau ‘Les mesdisans ont fait raport’ The last Example from the book below, I hope you have enjoyed the journey of the last 150 years of music from Example 1. These 15 videos are the examples at the back of a book by Nigel Wilkins, called One Hundred Ballades, […]

Example 12 Anon
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Example 12 Anon

Here is Example 12 an Anonymous Rondeau ‘Passerose de biaute pure et fine’ which is a really clever Ars Subtilior piece incorporating a Contra Tenor line which is a Canon at on and a half times slower than the Tenor. ie if the Tenor has a note worth 2 beats the Contra Tenor has one […]

Example11 J Senleches
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Example11 J Senleches

Here is Example 11. A Ballade, by J Senleches ‘Fuions de ci, helas, povre compaigne’ Full on Ars Subtilior (Subtle Arts) with very complicated rhythms and melody, at the time these were developed in Northern France and then mostly written in Southern France. These 15 videos are the examples at the back of a book […]

Example 10 P de Caserta
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Example 10 P de Caserta

Here is Example 10. In Ars Subtilior (Subtle Arts) Music and poetry gets more involved and rarefied. In music this was an increase in rhythmic complexity and presentation, with scores being presented as pictures such as hearts, and mazes. Here is a Ballade by P de Caserta Par le grant senz d Ariane la sage, […]

Example 8 Guillaume de Machaut Virelai
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Example 8 Guillaume de Machaut Virelai

This Example by Guillaume de Machaut 1300 to 1377, is perhaps one of the best known of his songs/poems.  I used to play this in “Noise of Minstrels” the early music ensemble that I played in.  We did as a duet between a renaissance flute and medieval fyddle. Here is the Eighth of the examples.  […]

Example 7 by Guillaume de Machaut Rondeau
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Example 7 by Guillaume de Machaut Rondeau

This Example by Guillaume de Machaut 1300 to 1377, is for tenor solo and two instruments, I have used Bassoons here which I think complement the tenor well. Here is the Seventh of the examples.  These 15 examples are the ones given at the back of 100 Ballades, Rondeaux and Virelais.  By Nigel Wilkins briefly […]

Example 6 Guillaume de Machaut Double Ballade
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Example 6 Guillaume de Machaut Double Ballade

Here is Example 6, and here Guillaume de Machaut is really showing off, he has a double ballade, where he has two songs going at the same time, some of these double and triple ballades could even be in different languages for the songs. Maybe a forerunner of Ars Subtilior where things get even more […]

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